Acrylic Fridge Magnet of the Entrance to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, United Kingdom
This is an acrylic fridge magnet souvenir depicting the Entrance to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, United Kingdom. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a 15 acre / 6 hectare botanical gardens situated in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. The gardens are close to the centre of Birmingham and open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The Gardens are very old, being designed in 1829 by J. C. Loudon, a leading garden planner, horticultural journalist and publisher. The Gardens opened to the public on June 11th 1832. The layout of the Botanical Gardens has changed very little since Loudon first designed it. There are four glasshouses which range from the exotic Tropical glasshouse, through to the Subtropical, Mediterranean and Arid Houses. Overall, the character is that of a Victorian public park with a bandstand set in 15 acres (6.1 ha) of landscaped greenery. It is hard to believe that the beautiful and tranquil Gardens are located just one and a half miles from the centre of Birmingham.
Some Features Of The Botanical Gardens
The Gardens contain over 7,000 different plants and are home to The British National Bonsai Collection. One of the oldest specimens is the "Omiya tree", a 250-year-old Juniperus chinensis in the informal upright style, presented to the collection in 1995 by the then city of Omiya, Japan. There are two fine Himalayan Cedars near the fountain which were planted from seeds given to the gardens in the 1840s by James Watt Junior, son of James Watt inventor of the steam engine. The Gardens are also home to a small collection of exotic birds from around the world. Most birds are located in the white-domed lawn aviary building that provides a focal point on the main lawn. There is also a wetlands enclosure that contains ornamental waterfowl including different species of ducks. There is always at least one Peacock roaming wild in the grounds. There is also a seasonal butterfly house.